Self-Defense & Violence Prevention Blog

news and commentary about security, self-defense, and topics like violent crime prevention and bullying

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How Israelis Secure Airports Without Seeing You Naked

Michael Totten wrote an interesting article in the New York Post about airport security based on personal experience. I’m sure you have heard about the recent uproar in the United States about the Transportation Security Administration’s new procedure to use a machine to essentially see people naked or, if people refuse the machine, to actually… Read More

Death Penalty Facts

I created this blog several years ago to do my part in reducing the amount of violent victimization in society, such as murder, rape, battery and so forth. Unfortunately, sometimes murder is committed by the governments that we want to protect us. I remember the story of a teenage girl who was stoned to death… Read More

Another Danger of Prostitution Prohibition: AIDS

Just like with the historical prohibition of alcohol and the ongoing prohibition of drugs, I think prohibition of prostitution not only fails to prevent or reduce the occurrence of prostitution but greatly exacerbates the problems associated with it. Nationwide, the war on prostitution costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually. I’m not sure of the accuracy… Read More

Special Ed Student Brutally Attacked in School

Almost everyone wants to reduce the presence of murder, rape, assault and other violent aggression in our society. Indeed, protecting people from offensive violence is the point of this blog. Unfortunately, I just saw a disturbing video that reminds us that many times the ones from whom we need protection are the same police officers… Read More

Quotes about Forgiveness

I created this blog to inspire us all to exercise compassion in an effort to reduce and hopefully eliminate offensive violence and protect ourselves and others. We want to stop offensive violence such as murder, rape, assault, battery and kidnapping. I have pointed out before that the desire for revenge causes many of those acts… Read More

Self-Defense Items being Sold on this Site

I updated the homepage of this website to include links to and information about the following self-defense and violence prevention products that you can buy now:     The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker “teaches how to identify the warning signals of a potential attacker and recommends strategies for dealing with the problem before… Read More

The Movie Changeling and Corruption

I recently watched Changeling, a movie directed by Clint Eastwood starring Angelina Jolie. Based on actual events, it tells the story of a mother reunited with her missing son only to find out the boy is an impostor. Instead of helping the mother, the corrupt city authorities refuse to admit their mistake, choosing to call… Read More

Lockdown, USA, and How Drug Laws Increase Violence

A gentleman contacted me from Article 19 Films, who produce socially responsible documentary features. He told me about a documentary called Lockdown, USA that they recently released. It chronicles Hip-Hop impresario Russell Simmons’ campaign to reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws, the controversial New York State laws created in 1973, which became the foundation to the… Read More

Recidivism and the Prison Industry (Part 1)

In regards to criminal behavior, recidivism refers to criminals re-offending after release from prison. In the United States, the recidivism rate is approximately 60%, which means that more than half of people released from prison commit another known crime. An incarceration system could find many effective ways to significantly reduce the recidivism rate. And I… Read More

Research about Education as Crime Prevention

I made a blog post back in March about the fact that education prevents violent crime and victimization. Today, I read a research brief about education as crime prevention from the OSI. Here are some excerpts: “[R]esearch shows that quality education is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention. Educational skills can help… Read More